Grants to fund road, trail plans
CID, Norcross, Lilburn get $1.4M for projects

LAWRENCEVILLE - Norcross, Lilburn and the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District will get more than $1.4 million to plant trees, pave trails and place sidewalks.

The three transportation enhancement grants will allow Norcross to continue its downtown streetscape efforts, Lilburn to extend a greenway and the CID to build sidewalks and transit shelters along Buford Highway.

Jennifer Peterson, the community development director for the city of Norcross, said the $370,000 Norcross received will go toward adding crosswalks and decorative lights, pavers and benches on Thrasher Street and South Peachtree Street.

The project will be the second phase of a streetscape improvement that's already in progress, she said.

"We're very happy," Peterson said. "It will be a wonderful asset to downtown. It will help integrate both sides of Main Street with downtown."

The improvements will begin at Thrasher Street's intersection with Autry Street and end at Jones Street, and begin at South Peachtree Street's intersection with Autry Street, ending at Holcomb Bridge Road.

In Lilburn, the $570,000 received by the city will help extend a $2 million trail project in the Camp Creek watershed to the Jackson Creek watershed, said City Manager Tom Combiths.

Combiths said the existing portion of the trail goes from Rockbridge Road to Main Street. The next part will go from Killian Hill Road to Arcado Road, with a connecting piece being built from Main Street to Killian Hill.

"Communities and folks who live in communities want to be able to have a place to go like these greenways," Combiths said. "They're very popular. They snake you through a very pretty scenic and rural part of the community."

Combiths said Lilburn's master plan, approved by the city council, adds several more trails in the area.

The drawings for the newest phase are 80 percent complete, he said. Land acquisition should take six to eight months, and building the trails will take the same amount of time.

Sidewalks, transit shelters and landscaping will improve a stretch of Buford Highway between Amwiler Road and Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Gwinnett Village CID director Chuck Warbington said.

That group received $471,000 for the project, which is less than a mile long. Each of the projects also require a 20 percent local match for funding.

Warbington said he intends for construction to begin this winter. The project will take two months to finish, he said.

"It's important because folks are already using this area," Warbington said. "It's the number one bus lane and people are standing in the dirt, no transit shelters."